eNews # 9 - 14 September 2019

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Urban Rivercare Group celebrates milestone

Working Bee 9 10 2016 Remove privet 2016 10 09 008Armidale Urban Rivercare Group (AURG) achieved an outstanding milestone in July with the completion of their Centennial Avenue Rehabilitation project, where more than 500 volunteers 2320 hours to the eastern end of Dumaresq Creek in Armidale. 

Image - Group members removing truck loads of Rubinia and Privet from the revegetation sites.

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Bushfire recovery resources

With so many fires in our region, and the prospect of more as the summer approaches, we have been made aware of some great resrouces to help affected families get on the road to recovery.

Koala tracking at Armidale needs you!

Dave Carr picThe Cool Country Koala Project found that the Northern Tablelands is home to many koalas, indeed areas such as Nowendoc, Delungra, Armidale, Black Mountain and Uralla have large populations.

Image: A koala captured near Armidale for tagging and drelease. Image courtesy Dave Carr.

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Kids speak for the planet in Armidale

OConnor at S4PThe Armidale Regional Council chambers was an ideal backdrop for students from across the New England region to debate and explore the big questions around the health of our planet.  

Image - Students from O'Connor Catholic College celebrate their accomplishments at Speaking for the Planet. 

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School Dung Beetle Breeding Program

Zac Sara Monty sorting beetlesCould dung beetles save the world? The students from Armidale Waldorf School are on a mission to breed up winter active dung beetles and find out just what is so special about these humble insects!

Image taken by Olly Schmude of Dr Zac Hemmings with Sara and Monty Schmude sorting beetles into their new homes.  

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History of Landcare NSW documented

We now have on record the observations and stories of a number of people involved in the formative years of Landcare NSW in the newly released Caring for Land and People: A History of Landcare NSW 2007 – 2019

Nominations open for Farmer of the Year

The NSW Farmer of the Year and the NSW Young Farmer of the Year awards are designed to recognise excellence in the state’s agricultural sector. The NSW Farmer of the Year Award is open to all farmers in NSW, while the NSW Young Farmer of the Year Award is open to NSW farmers aged between 18 and 35. Nominations close 23 September 2019.

The awards are a joint initiative between NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and NSW Farmers’, with support from SafeWork NSW and The Land. Nominate someone https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/about-us/events/nsw-foty

Report a raptor

Breeding birds of prey have become increasing rare in the past decade and local ecologists need your help to locate and document breeding and survivorship of these wonderful birds on the Northern Tablelands.

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Calf scours on the rise

Article contributed by Andrew Biddle, Northern Tablelands Local Land Services District Vet.

It is hard enough to get cows in calf and calves on the ground at the moment so you don’t want to lose them now – be on the lookout for scours.

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New England Weeds Authority update

With sparse pastures, hand-fed stock, and less than idea conditions in which to apply herbicide, New England Weeds Authority (NEWA) have chosen to limit property inspections until conditions improve.

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Coming Events

Northern Tablelands LLS events in our region

If you are not located in the NT LLS region, you may not receive their regular email updates. Here are some upcoming events in the Southern New England that you may find helpful:

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Student Strike for Climate - Armidale

The student strike for climate is on in Armidale on 20th September, 9 am in Central Park. Worldwide, students are asking for adults to come and support their stance.

Grass Grower's Dinner Party

Are you a Southern New England grazier who needs a breakand a night out with friends? Join us for a social night out on 26th September in Uralla to break the monotony of the drought! Southern New England Landcare will host dinner and a Q&A panel with special guests including Dr Judi Earl, Bec Smith and Bill Perrottet. More information on the dinner here. This event is being held in conjunction with Southern New England Landcare’s Managing Holistically Out of the Drought workshop series.

Managing holistically out of the drought

Are you ready for rain? What will the next rain bring you? What will you change in preparation for the next dry spell? What are you learning from this one? These are just some of the questions that Dr Judi Earl will have local graziers investigating when she returns to the Southern New England on 26th September to run a three-day course, 'Managing Holistically Out of the Drought'.

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Free TUFF Workshops for Rural Men

TUFF (Tune Up For Fellas) is two days away for farmers, fishers and rural blokes to relax, reflect, reset and laugh with new mates and attendance is FREE. Dates for Ebor and Copeton below. Why go?

  • Be more effective in your business and personal life
  • Improve your ability to deal with uncertainty and change
  • Improve your communication skills and ability to deal with conflict.
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Grants & Support

Fish habitat action grants

The Habitat Action Grants are funded from the Recreational Fishing Trusts which direct funding generated by the NSW Recreational Fishing Fee towards onground actions to improve fish habitat and recreational fishing in NSW. Angling clubs, individuals, community groups, local councils and organisations interested in rehabilitating fish habitats in freshwater and saltwater areas throughout NSW can apply for small grants of $2,000 or large grants of up to $40,000. Applications close 5 pm Friday 20th September. More information here.

Stronger Country Communities Fund

Applications are now open for round three of the NSW Government's Stronger Country Communities Fund. Round Three will provide an additional $100 million for community projects in regional NSW, with at least $50 million for youth-related projects. Applications close 5pm, Friday 27 September 2019. More information at https://www.nsw.gov.au/improving-nsw/regional-nsw/regional-growth-fund/stronger-country-communities/

Group Action Planning Assistance

Do you have a project or grant idea? Know a neighbour or two who might like to get involved too? Why not gather them around the barbecue, and ask one of our Local Landcare Coordinators to assist with some action planning? We can help you develop project ideas and source funding and resources. Call us on 02 6772 9123 or email mail@snelandcare.org.au

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